Among the mixed case of reds I received from Italian Wine Merchants, there was one Montepulicano D'Abruzzo. This one is made from old vine Montepulciano as well as some 5-10 year old vines. It's aged in Slovenian casks for 8 months and another 6 months in the bottle. The soil type is a medium mix of limestone and clay. The vineyard is in Notaresco, within the Teramo region of Abruzzo.
Black cherry nose with violets. Delicious dark berry concentrated flavor and some mineral qualities. Silky smooth tannins. Fresh, well balanced and the perfect wine for my meat ragu dinner. It reminds me of why Montepulciano continuously makes its way to my dinner table. This is probably the best I've had so far. My grade: B+